This past weekend, the Shiel Sexton team participated in the University of Notre Dame’s Shamrock Series Service Project. Volunteers came from far and wide to lend a helping hand at Providence Cristo Rey High School (PCRHS), Hawthorne Community Center and Hawthorne Park.

PCRHS asked Shiel Sexton to provide team leaders or “experts” to help manage each project at PCRHS. With an estimated 85 total volunteers, the crews worked hard to fix up parking lots, play grounds and surrounding outdoor space.

Here is a recap of this amazing weekend:


Total Estimated Volunteers – 85 

Notre Dame Alumni Association & Friends – 53

Shiel Sexton Volunteers – 14

PCRHS Staff & Students – 14

Kelly Landscaping – 2

Fr. John Jenkins – President of Notre Dame

Archbishop Tobin – Archdiocese of Indianapolis


Near West Side Partners Involved 

Providence Cristo Rey – Joe Heidt

Hawthorne Community Center – Diane Arnold

Hearts and Hands of Indiana – Mark Buckingham



Hearts and Hands of Indiana  

  • Volunteers completed landscape projects and painted walls at one of the hearts and hands house projects.


Hawthorne Community Center

  • Volunteers upgraded the children’s playground at the community center by adding mulch, building a play house and a picnic table.


Providence Cristo Rey High School

Shiel Sexton, Kelly Landscaping and all of the volunteers completed a number of projects on the campus of Providence Cristo Rey High School, including:

  • Added new landscape garden along the Ohio street sidewalk – trees, bushes, roses, grasses, etc.
  • Planted additional bushes along the main entrance sidewalk
  • Mulched all gardens
  • Removed an old fence in front of the school
  • Weeded and cleaned around the perimeter of the building
  • Striped and labeled the parking lot spaces
  • Installed “Drug Free School Zone” signage
  • Painted north entrance doorway and gutters
  • Painted all parking lot bollards
  • Cleaned windows
  • ND Alumni Association built and installed a raised garden for the school’s earth science classes

Said PCRHS President, Joe Heidt, “This is the best our school’s landscape and exterior has ever looked.”

See great before and after shots here:

Thanks again to our Shiel Sexton Volunteers!

Dave Taylor, Arev Miller, Deb Engelke, Nate Johnson, Jeff Lane, Matt Main, Davita Johnson, Greg Carr, Paul Reed, Blake Anderson, Jeff Griggs (CTS)… Big thanks to BAM! Rents, Brian Dilts and Frank Misorski.